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The Weld House

The Weld House

Joel Hester made a New Year’s resolution in 2006, and the end result was a spotlight to showcase his ability and creativity as a welder. The Weld House is his custom weld shop where quality, handmade furniture and artwork is produced on site. Using sheet metal from vehicles made with metal surfaces they create distinctive industrial pieces from a mix of new and reclaimed items. They also have pieces available that are 100% reclaimed. Vehicles made with metal were mostly found in cars from around the 1950’s through the 1980’s, so they also have to do some searching around for… read more

Goodbye Phonebooks, Hello Creative Reuse

Goodbye Phonebooks, Hello Creative Reuse

Phonebooks, due to advancements in technology, are probably soon to be phasing themselves out and going into paper extinction. Some states are allowing residents to opt out of receiving certain phone directories to save costs and environmental resources, as there are actually many benefits to discontinuing phonebook production. The Iowa Policy Research Organization reported that in addition to the tons of ink that is required for printing them, around 5 million trees are also used. Only about 20% of all phonebooks are recycled. According to the Environmental Protection Agency outdated issues produced a massive 840,000 tons of waste in 2008… read more

Astounding Water Imagery Captured On Paper

Astounding Water Imagery Captured On Paper

Artwork often captivates us because it takes us to places we cannot see or imagine ourselves. It can inspire, provoke strong emotions and can resonate throughout our thoughts, just by seeing an image that we connect with in some way. Zaria Forman is an artist that produces visually captivating pieces, and once knowing the story behind her works they become even more riveting. Her water imagery is lovingly and ardently fueled by her mother’s memory and impressive career, which also generated beautiful works revolving around remote regions and aquatic landscapes. Working with pastels, each meticulous detail is placed on paper. Her… read more

Artist Renders Amazing Upcycled Star Wars Series

Artist Renders Amazing Upcycled Star Wars Series

Gabriel Dishaw has a way with recycled materials. Specializing in upcycled art and sculpture, he combines items like metals and discarded electronic components and assembles them into quite imaginative works. Dated technology like typewriters, computers, miscellaneous keys and other machine parts are brought to life as mechanical displays. Utilizing cast off pieces from no longer needed objects allows the artist to create masterful pieces without attributing to landfill waste. One of his works, the Star Wars Series, is a collection of sculptures that are recycled replications of characters from the saga. Fans of the classic films will surely appreciate these… read more

Unusually Green: Out Of The Ordinary Homes Part 3

Nautilus House - Part 3

The last home featured on our series of uncommon green constructions takes the prize for beautiful colors, and a unique biomimic design. The Nautilus comes from organic architect Javier Senosiain, and this shell shaped wonder speaks for itself. Located in Naucalpan, Mexico, this home is a creative combination of art, sculpture and modern dwelling space. Molded after the shape of the nautilus shell, the layout is both futuristic and rooted in organic oceanic astonishment. The home utilizes ferrocement building methods, which is a process that includes a reinforced steel frame constructed with chicken wire. After the complex shape was formed it… read more

Surprise On Trash Day

Surprise On Trash Day

What if you awoke on trash collection day to find that the normally littered about garbage bags were gone and had been replaced with more colorful versions? This is what happened in New York one unsuspecting morning in 2008. It wasn’t a crazy mix up at the garbage bag production factory, but it was actually a living art installation to bring attention to waste. Called the TRASH Project, artist Adrian Kondratowicz thought of the interactive, functional art display that involved the help of the surrounding community. He had specialty TRASH Project bags made that were composed of biodegradable plastic and with the assistance… read more

Upcycle Old Tech With Computer Mods

Upcycle Old Tech With Computer Mods

In the U.S. alone, the Environmental Protection Agency reported that in 2010 there were a total of 423,000 tons of computers that were disposed of. Of this amount, 255,000 tons were added to the landfills and 168,000 tons were recycled. This is only a recycling rate of 40%. This doesn’t even account for monitors, keyboards or other parts. Throwing out an old, outdated computer doesn’t necessarily always have to happen, though. If you like to tinker with technology or have a junior technician in the midst, consider doing a modification project. Check out the following computer mods that give the look… read more

Far Out Fashions Offer Environmental Statements

Far Out Fashions Offer Environmental Statements

  Eco focused Elena Gregusova has mixed fashion design with textile art, and the outcome has produced some interesting, and somewhat unusual, pieces. Her artwork signifies environmental issues and has a multicultural facet. Using recycled content she creatively forms clothing sculptures that are presented as statement pieces. Using mediums like newspapers, tossed out textiles and other discarded materials she turns them into one of a kind wearable displays. One take on an organically produced fabric structure is her Global Wearing gown. Made from 100% recycled products like old clothing and umbrellas it shows a glacial, imaginative design. Her Wear The… read more

Taking the Violence Out of Guns

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Pedro Reyes is an artist whose work includes up-cycling artillery to make musical instruments. Having created his first series of up-cycled instruments for his Imagine project in 2012, Reyes has recently completed work on a second series, called Disarm. While the former project revolves around a collection of stringed instruments, there are 50 in total, Disarm is composed of mechanical music instruments that can be programmed to play themselves. Both were created using artillery weapons that had been seized and destroyed by the Mexican army. Including, revolvers, rifles, shot-guns, and machine guns, whose forms remain visible in their new carnation…. read more

Meaningful Art Installation Enhances City Street

Meaningful Art Installation Enhances City Street

Art exhibits often offer a message along with the visual feast. Artist Michael Thomas Hill’s display, Forgotten Songs, is one example of a meaningful interactive project set in a public space. At first, it may appear a little quirky. However, once the deeper story behind the inspiration for the design is uncovered it reveals itself as a beautiful tribute piece. The installation is located in Sydney, Australia in an area called Angel Place. Magnificently dangling between buildings, the display is actually meant to bring attention to native birds and the loss of their habitats, which is a main problem attributed to… read more